Lewis H. Lapham
Lewis Lapham was born January 8, 1935, in San Francisco, California; educated at the Hotchkiss School, Yale University and Cambridge University. He was a newspaper reporter for THE SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER (1957-1959) and for THE NEW YORK HERALD TRIBUNE (1960-1962); managing editor of HARPER'S Magazine (1971-1975); editor of HARPER'S Magazine (1976-1981 and 1983-present). Syndicated newspaper columnist (1981-1987).
Mr. Lapham's several books of essays (FORTUNE'S CHILD, MONEY AND CLASS IN American, IMPERIAL MASQUERADE, HOTEL American, THE WISH FOR KINGS, and WAITING FOR THE BARBARIANS) have prompted the NEW YORK TIMES to liken him to H. L. Mencken, VANITY FAIR to suggest a strong resemblance to Mark Twain, and Tom Wolfe to compare him to Montaigne. THE AGONY OF MAMMON (Verso Books) and LAPHAM'S RULES OF INFLUENCE (Random House) were published in 1999. His most recent book, THEATER OF WAR, was published by The New Press last month.
Lapham writes a monthly essay for HARPER'S Magazine called "Notebook." He won a 1995 National Magazine Award for three of those essays, in which the judges discovered "an exhilarating point of view in an age of conformity." He has also written for LIFE, COMMENTARY, NATIONAL REVIEW, THE YALE LITERARY MAGAZINE, ELLE, FORTUNE, FORBES, THE American SPECTATOR, VANITY FAIR, TRAVEL AND LEISURE GOLF, PARADE, CHANNELS, MACLEAN'S, THE LONDON OBSERVER, THE NEW YORK TIMES, and THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.
Mr. Lapham was the host and author of the six-part documentary series AMERICA'S CENTURY, broadcast on public television in the United States and in England on Channel Four in the autumn of 1989. Between 1989 and 1991 he was the host and Executive Editor of BOOKMARK, a weekly public television series seen on over 150 stations nationwide. Lapham is a member of The Council on Foreign Relations, The Century Club, and the Advisory Council to the New School University. He lives in New York City.
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